Zambo, Lamitan LP bets file candidacy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:46

Candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) in the cities of Zamboanga and Lamitan, Basilan yesterday simultaneously filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) with the Comelec in their respective areas.

In Zamboanga City, District 1 Rep. and mayoralty candidate Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led four of her chosen candidates for councilors — Elbert “Bong” Atilano and Mr. Sampang, both from District 1, former councilor Roel Natividad and Arturo Onrubia for the second district- (all are LP members) —  in filing their COCs yesterday morning with their supporters all wearing yellow shirts.

Atilano, who is president of Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative and the National Executive Director of PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association), is reportedly among the favorite candidate of Salazar. It was also learned that Atilano was responsible for taking in former councilor Natividad into the local LP.

In the case of Onrubia, a barangay councilman of Guiwan, his candidacy is backed up by an endorsement through a board resolution from FEBARKAZA (Federacion del maga Barangay Kagawad na Zamboanga).

LP’s allies Adelante Zamboanga of Jomar Lobregat and LDP led by Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday showed up at Comelec office and gave their moral support to the Mrs. Salazar and their party mates in the coming 2013 elections.

Candidates of Adelante Zamboanga and that of the LDP are scheduled to separately file their COC on Friday, October 5, 2012.

Meanwhile, the entire slate of LP in Lamitan City led by its local chairman Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay marched to the Comelec office yesterday morning for the filing of their COC after a thanksgiving prayer held at the mayor’s residence.

Because Furigay is now on his last term, his wife, Rosita Furigay has been strongly endorsed by 36 of the 45 barangay councils and a manifesto of support from the biggest clan of Lamitan—the CPAF (Cuevas -Pamaran-Antonio-Flores).

In her capacity as the city’s first lady and an expert in tourism promotion, Mrs. Furigay has been instrumental in all the successes of her husband in bringing development in Lamitan that has boosted its economic activities leading to its status now as the premier city, not only in Basilan but in the ARMM region.

To continue what has been started, Mayor Furigay said the Liberal Party has decided to field him as Mrs. Furigay’s vice mayoralty running mate.

Their council slate is composed of Clarito San Juan (incumbent), Vicky Siason (CPAF President), Gregorio Molina, Abbas Etok, Engineer Malik, Myra Kalahal, a businessman and religious leader Mr. Naning Tan, Talib Polo and Rima Hassan. A slot is reserved for the incumbent councilor Hegem Furigay who is reportedly out-of-town.

Since Lamitan has been declared as a free zone by top leaders of LP, Furigay’s group will face the group of Vice Mayor Arleigh Eisma, who is eyeing the mayoralty post under the same political party.—Jimmy Villaflores